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Datsyuk In The All-Star Spotlight

from Tim Wharnsby of CBC,

Datsyuk does not possess the determination of a healthy Sidney Crosby, nor the goal-scoring touch of a Steven Stamkos, nor the physical game of an Alex Ovechkin, but Datsyuk is considered the best two-way player in the game.

“He’s a great competitor and a guy who always plays hard,” Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla said. “He’s extremely skilled. He’s not dirty, yet he’s a fierce competitor.

“He’s one of the hardest guys to knock off the puck or knock off his skates. You wouldn’t know it when you see him in the dressing room. But he’s strong, and with all that skill, that combination makes him one of the best players.”

Another attribute his fellow all-stars admire is Datsyuk’s ability to steal the puck and his eye-hand coordination to knock down passes. When current Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa, also considered one of the game’s best two-way players, was a teammate of Datsyuk’s in Detroit, the two would often play a must-see game of keep away against one another.

“He’s just one of those players who is special, especially he is sick defensively,” Hossa said. “I think he’s the best in the world at stealing the puck. To watch him is fun. Sometimes when you have the puck and he steals it from you, you just have to laugh because of how easy he made it look.”

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Red Winger's avatar

Datsyuk does not possess the determination of a healthy Sidney Crosby

You’ve got to be fuchin’ kidding me???

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 01/28/12 at 01:53 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Datsyuk does not possess the determination of a healthy Sidney Crosby, nor the goal-scoring touch of a Steven Stamkos, nor the physical game of an Alex Ovechkin,

Yes, yes he actually does.

Stopped reading after that, because author has obviously not watched Datsyuk and is a tool.  He is all those things, and more, in one package.

Oh, and f*ck the Crosby-bation.

Posted by Primis on 01/28/12 at 02:24 PM ET


Datsyuk does not possess the determination of a healthy Sidney Crosby, nor the goal-scoring touch of a Steven Stamkos, nor the physical game of an Alex Ovechkin

Q: Has Tim Wharnsby of CBC ever watched Dats play?

A: Fuch, obviously not with a statement like that.

He did get picked first, but I read a quote from him somewhere that he wanted to be picked last so he could get the new car.  Gotta luv his sense of humor.

Posted by wingsuver4ever from TC on 01/28/12 at 02:28 PM ET

snafu's avatar

Yeah, I saw that opening line and just shook my head.  What the hell kind of tribute is that for the best player in the world when he tries to say all the things Dats is not (and gets it wrong to boot)?

What a tool.

Posted by snafu from North America on 01/28/12 at 02:55 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

You miss some good stuff from Datsyuk himself by not reading the entire article, just because Wharnsby tripped into the same hole that lots of people trip into: how to define Pavel Datsyuk as perhaps the most-complete player in the league when you can point at his contemporaries as all having something on him.

I don’t think Crosby has “determination” on him, but this is a CBC audience that Wharnsby is addressing. Crosby is going to get mentioned, and if you’ve already decided to say “well Datsyuk isn’t as good as superstar-X at talent-Y, then what do you pick about Crosby?  You can’t say goal-scoring, because you’re using Stamkos. You can’t say defense because that’s completely wrong. So instead, you go with some dumb intangible.

It’s a throwaway comment, get over it.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 01/28/12 at 03:00 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

For the record, the part Paul clipped for this was the beginning of paragraph #5.  Wharnsby didn’t lead off with this.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 01/28/12 at 03:02 PM ET

SYF's avatar

The press should’ve picked up on his elite-level ability when Holland let Yzerman sign him to that six-year contract a couple of years ago.  Forgive me for being cynical and exasperated.

“When you win one Cup or any awards you get so hungry you want to win every year,” he said. “But when you miss a year not winning you get more hungry. You want to do better. You think it’s yours and you try to get it back again.”

Why Dangles needs an extension ASAP.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 01/28/12 at 04:31 PM ET

tuxedoTshirt's avatar

Datsyuk does not possess the determination of a healthy Sidney Crosby

I was gonna take issue with this…..looks like I’m not the only one.  J.J., you are right, but this line is still really bad.  It is saying that Datsuyk doesn’t play full-bore - like he leaves something in the tank and doesn’t totally play with heart.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 01/28/12 at 04:57 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

Why Dangles needs an extension ASAP.
Posted by SYF from Dr. Ima Tearadikov’s “Office” on 01/28/12 at 01:31 PM ET

And the “C” whenever….it….happens.

I know….I know…SHM.

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Taylor Tucky Metroplex on 01/28/12 at 05:57 PM ET


Hope Datsyuk and Malkin get put on the same line. In this year’s league, there’s those guys, then there’s everyone else. They’re such similar players, too and I’ve greatly enjoyed their head-to-heads. Always figured they’d have chemistry and be able to make pretty, pretty passing plays, which they did and did in the one olympic game they were together. Should have played together in all the games.

On a side note, does anyone find it weird that Datsyuk, the most creative breakaway guy isn’t doing breakaways and that Malkin, who is 8 for 9 career and an undefeated champion in the accuracy shooting contest isn’t doing that?

Posted by Larry from pitt on 01/28/12 at 06:11 PM ET

Baroque's avatar

I can understand the Crosby-determination comment, though. After all, Crosby has had stories published about his determination and how hard he works since he was barely more than a fetus, and Datsyuk developed his hard-working habits and determination out of the North American eye when he was playing in Russia. His “story of determination” is not nearly as long as Crosby’s.

Also, the problem with Datsyuk is similar to the problem with Lidstrom - their game has a certain subtlety and elegance to it that is less obvious than a brief highlight clip of a player running someone over, or smashing them into the boards. It can’t be appreciated in a 5-second shot. Any player like that tends to be underappreciated, I think, until it becomes obvious to more than the home fans that great plays aren’t isolated incidents, but the norm for them.

I think fans of most teams could come up with a player who can’t be appreciated as readily by fans of other teams, because the way they play just doesn’t have the same obvious raw power.

Posted by Baroque from Michigan on 01/28/12 at 06:17 PM ET


He made an immediate impact for the Red Wings and won a Stanley Cup in his second NHL season in 2001-02 playing on a line with Brett Hull and Henrik Zetterberg.

Two goofs in one sentence, nice going Wharnsby.

Posted by shep on 01/28/12 at 10:39 PM ET

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